Dr. Sandy Hughes has assisted in leading two KIIS Study Abroad Programs to Japan over the years, in 2008 and in 2013. Both years she taught “Intro to Japanese Culture” and “The Warrior and the Poet in Japanese Literature.” Additionally, however, the program director and the third faculty member on the trip also taught courses related to Japanese language and their specialities.
The class traveled to Nara for 2 weeks, Kyoto for 1 week, Tokyo for 3 days, Hiroshima for 1 day, and took several day trips to Miyajima, Himeji, and Nikko.
In Nara, students were immersed in Japanese culture and living when they spent 10 days with a Japanese family in a homestay portion of the course.
Readings for the intro course included a standard sociological book approaching Japanese culture, a book explaining Japanese culture written by Japanese college students, and a book on contemporary Japanese pop-culture. Material for the literature course included works by Murasaki Shikibu, Basho, Endo, Oe, Mishima, and Murakami. The class read three works by Mishima, The Temple of the Golden Pavillion, Spring Snow, and “Patriotism.”
Students were required to keep two journals, one to note their cultural reactions and encounters and another to respond to reading materials.
Dr. Hughes is applying to teach the same two courses for the summer of 2017.